appears to “clearly show that [Gonzales’ ex-chief of staff Kyle] Sampson attempted to mislead Congress by proxy — that is to say, he gave false information to DOJ officials who were preparing to provide information to Congress.” That’s illegal. But Sampson says it isn’t true, and he’s testifying under oath tomorrow.
UPDATE II: ABC has a copy of Sampson’s opening statement tomorrow. He denies responsibility for not telling Justice Dept. officials about White House involvement in the scandal, and says others in the Department knew as much as he did.
He maintains that the decision by the Administration to ask for their resignations is a “benign rather than sinister story.” …
When controversy erupted and Congress began to ask questions about the US Attorneys Sampson admits the Department’s response was mishandled through an “unfortunate combination of poor judgments, poor word choices, and poor communication.” He offers an apology to the US Attorneys for what became a “ugly, undignified spectacle.”
He says that he resigned for mistakes made “honestly and in good faith”. He writes, “I failed to organize a more effective response to questions about the replacement process, but I never sought to conceal or withhold any material fact about the matter from anyone.”
He writes that while “others in the Department knew what I knew about the origins and timing of this enterprise” that none of them spoke up on those subjects while preparing Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty.